Tests available for Diagnosis and prediction of hair loss

Up until recent years there had not been a precise technology to measure and predict the exact amount of future hair loss. However in the last few years, there has been development in devises and tests that can help evaluate or predict hair loss. These tests and devises assist with predicting genetic predisposition and measure progression of hair loss as clients age

There are variety of test available to predict hair loss. Some the tests include the following:

Hair Pull Test
This test will determine degree and stage of hair loss. the test involves taking a section f eight to ten hairs from various parts of the head that are gently grasped by the doctor and pulled outward to the end of the hair, with loss of one or two hairs falling within the normal range. If more than two is falling signs of early shedding may be present. the hairs can also be examined under the microscope for any damage and irregularities. This test has significance in patients with Alpecia Areata as a positive hair pull suggests that hair loss may affect the entire scalp.

Hair Density Test
It is important to note the width difference of hair loss from various part s of the scalp. This test can be performed on the patient's first doctor's visit with a hand help instrument and involves parting hair from different areas and measuring the various widths.

The Daily Hair Loss Test
This test consists of daily monitoring by the patient of hairs that fall out approximately per day and per week. hair can be collected and given to the doctor for close examination, who can determine the anagen-telogen ratio.

Hair Mount Test
This is microscopic examination of the hair shaft to observe abnormalities. The type of hair, texture, color, length and condition is observed in addition to noting if the hair is broken. broken hairs that are visible could be due to hair shaft fragility and hair breakage. This test is also helpful in identifying congenital hair disorders, fungal or bacterial infections and hair shaft fragility.

Microscopic Trichogram
This involves the microscopic examination of the hair bulb, n which several hairs are pulled and examined to compare the anagen-telogen relationship, as well as hair shaft diameter. less pigmentation as well as smaller hair shaft diameter indicates hair that is dystrophic or abnormal.

Diagnostic Lab Test
In order to make an accurate assessment of the cause of hair loss extensive lab work should be completed, these tests consists of blood count, tests for thyroid function, urinalysis, a serological test for syphilis, and routine chemical studies, as well as testosterone levels, sex hormone binding globulin, and serum Iron.

With detection of hair loss years before actual balding, appropriate treatment can be recommended to decrease the progression of hair loss. Dr. Mike Meshkin, a hair transplant specialist based in Los Angeles and Orange County offers many advises to his clients to start hair loss prevention when they notice thinning at the initial stages. It is important to keep hair healthy and follow a routine that help the overall health of the body and hair. If hair loss is genetic, then hair transplant can be an option to restore the hair that is lost and medical treatment is used to prevent future hair loss and keep hair healthy. If hair loss is stress related then the shedding may be temporary. In these cases, Dr. Meshkin will give advises related to relaxation, nutrition and some medical regiment routines which may help.

To find out more about your hair loss, visit one of Dr. Meshkin's hair transplant and hair restoration clinics in Los Angeles or in Irvine locations. Dr. Meshkin will use the latest techniques to find out the cause of your hair loss and give the best hair restoration recommendations customized to your needs and concerns. You can also visit www.meshkinmedical.com to find out about the hair care products that may help with your hair loss.

If you are suffering from hair loss or hair thinning you can contact us at (949) 219-0027 to schedule for a free consultation or visit our website at www.MeshkinMedical.com.

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